CDMA, GSM rage over Wi-Max

By agencies   |   Monday, 24 July 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: The battle over 3G spectrum is still to ebb away, and the telecom industry is all set to launch Wi-Max, a new spectrum that will enable users to access high-speed wireless broadband services.

However, a disagreement between the Association of Unified Service Providers of India who lead the CDMA camp and the Cellular Operators Association of India who lead the GSM camp, may lead to delays in the launch of Wi-Max in the country, a business newspaper reported.

While the Unified Service Providers have proposed an allocation of 2.5 Ghz band for Wi-Max services, the GSM camp has opposed the move, the Hindi Business Line reported.

CDMA operators, including Reliance Communication responded to TRAI’s consultation paper that a 2.5-2.69Ghz band for Wi-Max services would enable more operators to offer services on a higher bandwidth.

Wi-Max that benefits over a 3G service at lower costs seems to be a disruptive technology that many operators are looking at. With French technology major, Alcatel, has gone forth to set up an R&D center in Chennai to develop Wi-Max technology, the paper said.

The government, however, is banking strongly on Wi-Max to increase broadband penetration in the rural parts of the country.

CDMA operators, however, subscribe to the COAI view, state that the 2.5-2.69 Ghz band should be left for the third generation technology like WCDMA as this band has been earmarked as the extension band for 3G. Usage of this band would not suffice India’s requirements of Wi-Max, the paper said.

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